For more than 60 years, Karen rebels have been fighting a civil war against the government of Myanmar.
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Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi arrived in Pegu (Bago), 80 kilometers north of the business capital Rangoon on Sunday morning as her first “political tour” since she was released from house arrest last year.
Suu Kyi and her National League for Democracy (NLD) vice-chairman and veteran soldier Tin Oo arrived in Thanatpin Township in Bago Division to attend the opening of two new libraries dedicated to her, called Aungsanjarmon. NLD youth members are taking care of her security.
3,000 residents greeted Suu Kyi, according to party spokesperson Ohn Kyaing who is with Suu Kyi on her tour.
“People are greeting her,” he said. “They hold small banners ‘We love mother Suu’ and some are holding larger than life size photos of General Aung San (Suu Kyi’s father) and Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.”
Suu Kyi is preparing to give a speech to the crowd while this report is being written.
The convoy of about 20 vehicles left Rangoon 5:45 a.m and arrived at the famous Shwemawdaw Pagoda at 7:40 a.m. She prayed in the pagoda and offered robes to Buddhist monks in Thardukan monastery.
Pegu has been hit by the worst flooding in 30 years. But now the water level is going down and the weather is good, Myat Hla told Mizzima.
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